The Torres Community Shelter has been operating in Chico's south side for the past decade. Bill Slack is the shelter's supervisor. He says they've never reached maximum capacity. He says, "Earlier in the month, we had 107, and we looked at the possibility of overflow, but then there were a few guests who didn't show up, and the population dropped back below 100." Slack says the shelter is rated to hold a maximum of 120 people, and the most they've had is 110. In early December, the number of guests spiked due to the series of storms that blew through the north state. In case of overflow, he says a local church would be able to handle the extra guests.
The shelter operates mostly on donations from the community. They will be hosting a Christmas party, complete with presents and a visit from Santa for the kids.